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Slow Cooker Carnitas

Slow Cooker Carnitas recipe that is muy bueno!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Course: Entree, Slow Cooker
Cuisine: American
Keyword: muy bueno slow cooker carnitas
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 143kcal
Author: Trish - Mom On Timeout


  • 4 lbs boneless pork shoulder roast
  • 2 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic smashed

For the rub

  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt


  • Cut pork into quarters.
  • Combine ingredients for the rub and really rub it into the meat. All four pieces should be fully coated. Make sure to use all of the rub.
  • Place pork into slow cooker and add bay leaves and garlic.
  • Carefully pour chicken stock into the slow cooker without removing the rub from the pork.
  • Cook on low for 8-10 hours or until fork tender. Should be falling apart.
  • Carefully remove the pork and shred with two forks.
  • Add reserved juice as needed to shredded pork to gain desired level of moistness.


Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 415mg | Potassium: 365mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 143IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 2mg